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A California school district has initiated an investigation after a Marine tackle two students engaged in a fight last week. Video of the incident has since gone viral.

The video shows two Edison High School students fighting when 18-year-old Marine Pfc. Josue Valdez Sarmiento sprints toward them. Valdez Sarmiento runs into both students, tackling and subduing them.

“Stockton Unified is aware of the student matter that took place on 9/11/19 at Edison High School and the recording circulating on social media. We are actively investigating the situation,” the school district said in a statement, according to KCRA-TV.

Valdez Sarmiento is a graduate of Edison HS and was on campus to help with military recruitment. His superiors applauded his decision to intervene, although they said he could have handled the situation better.

“He saw a dangerous fight break out. Upon observing that situation, he moved over and broke up the fight,” Maj. Thomas Driscoll told KCRA. “Although, the manner in which he did [could] have been improved, we are proud of Pfc. Valdez Sarmiento for his decision to intervene.”

However, parents were not happy.

“I was upset. It was upsetting to see that someone would do that. I just think it was unnecessary force,” parent Mario Patiño told KTXL-TV. “Someone like that shouldn’t be allowed on campus.”

“An adult should never put their hands on … they’re trained to deal with situations in a different way,” parent Sarah Savala added.

The Marine Corps has since reassigned Valdez Sarmiento to office duties, according to KTXL. He will no longer be around students. In addition, the Marine Corps said he also received counseling.

Part of the school district’s investigation includes why school officials did not intervene more quickly. The status of the two students involved was not made available.


  • Deborah says:

    Cops would have done much worse. The parents are mad because it was an adult. It was an 18 yr old kid that did what he thought he needed to do. The parents are idiots.

  • Phil Gravatt says:

    Good on the Marine for what he did. When are the people of this country going to get their balls back???? I know for a fact when I was growing up in HS and Jr high that coaches would lock the two fighting kids in a room and just see how bad they wanted to fight. This usually ended in silence behind locked doors and the kids coming out deciding they didn’t want to fight after all.

  • Tim Woolsey says:

    Really! Parents upset about this? This was an 18 year old kid breaking up a fight between other kids. What in the hell is this world coming to? If I see kids fighting, I am going to break it up as well, by any means necessary. And I am a 52 year old out of shape fat ass. What happened to discipline? When I was in school if we got into a fight, the teachers broke it up any way they could, then when we got home, our parents did not get mad at the teachers, but got mad at us, especially if we lost! This country is getting so pussified and it is all from liberal ass hats!

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